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Lesson One: Introduction to Jewish Life during the Holocaust

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This lesson provides an introduction to the study of the Holocaust and can be used as the first lesson of a larger unit, or a stand-alone lesson to discuss essential content and themes. The Holocaust refers to the persecution and systematic murder of approximately six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. The Nazi Party came to power in 1933. Its leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed chancellor of Germany, and began to target Jews. Roma/Sinti, those with physical or mental disabilities, gay men, political dissidents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others were considered enemies by the Nazis and not worthy of human rights.

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